1. Sri Lanka
  2. Central Province, Sri Lanka
  3. Kandy
  4. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Kandy: Temples, Gardens & Cultural Show City Highlights Tour

Product ID: 251457
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See the highlights of Kandy and its surrounding areas on this full-day guided tour. Visit temples, the Botanical Gardens, see panoramic views of the city, and enjoy a performance of traditional Kandyan dances.
About this activity
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Duration: 9 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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Live tour guide
English
Booklets
English

Pickup included

Pickup from your centrally-located Kandy hotel at approximately 9:00 AM.

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya
  • Explore the sprawling palace-like Temple of the Tooth
  • Enjoy a cultural performance that showcases traditional Kandyan dances
  • Enjoy a fully private tour in an air-conditioned vehicle
Full description
Enjoy a full day of Kandyan culture that takes you from gardens to temples to a cultural show. Start your day with hotel pickup at 9:00 AM in Kandy and head to your first stop, the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya. These gardens have a long history dating back to the British Era, and were used during WWII as Allied Forces Headquarters for the Asian Region. Now, the garden houses thousands of beautiful plant species, so you’ll want to spend the full 2 hours allocated here wandering the gardens.  

Afterwards, continue on to visit the Sri Maha Bodhi Vihara in Bahiravakanda. This monastery on a hill is used as a meeting center for National and International Buddhist Relations, and boasts a giant Buddha statue that can be seen from all over Kandy. Climb up to reach a viewpoint that gives you the ultimate panoramic views of Kandy and take some photos.  

Return to Kandy for lunch, where you’ll be given approximately an hour of free time. In the afternoon, visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Temple of the Tooth. This temple has a burgeoning history spanning several centuries and is the home of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha. Formerly a palace complex for Kandyan kings, these beautiful buildings show their royal roots through their architecture. 

At 4:30, enjoy a spectacular Kandy Cultural Show, which will give you the opportunity to watch various traditional Kandyan dances and acts, such as the demon dance, the fire dance, and much more. Once the show is over, you’ll be returned to your hotel at around 5:30, completing this full day.
Includes
  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from central Kandy
  • All taxes and service charges
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fees to Temple of the Tooth, Peradeniya Botanical Garden, and the Cultural Show
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Personal expenses

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and drugs
Know before you go
You must wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees when visiting sacred or holy places.

From £43.81 per person